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Letter: Albany should OK anti-fracking bill

An oil pump jack in a field adjacent

An oil pump jack in a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo. (Dec. 5, 2012) Credit: AP

I write on behalf of a working group of New York State health and environmental advocates. We have been meeting with our legislators and asking them to push the pause button on permitting high-volume hydraulic fracturing, so that New York can fully examine the health impacts and associated costs ["NY fracking decision may hinge on results of Pa. study," News, March 9].

Our legislators are responding to our concerns and those of the medical community. Bills were introduced in the New York State Assembly and Senate to establish a two-year moratorium and require the state to wait for critical health studies to be completed before a decision is made on hydrofracking.

The Assembly bill passed overwhelmingly. We commend our elected leaders for their responsible decision.

However, the well-being of our citizens is not assured until companion bills are passed in both chambers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs the legislation into law.

Susan Van Dolsen, Harrison

Editor's note: The writer is an organizer of environmental advocates called Westchester for Change.